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Forum topic by steve223 posted 06-01-2014 10:32 AM 1346 views 2 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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06-01-2014 10:32 AM

I’m doing a small project in walnut and I am not sure what to finish it with. I don’t want to make the wood any darker but I do want to bring out the grain. Any suggestions? Thanks.

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#1 posted 06-01-2014 10:34 AM

I love Danish oil, wait 3 days for it to cure then poly on walnut.

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#2 posted 06-01-2014 01:49 PM

+ The Box Whispere.. I use teak oil.


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#3 posted 06-01-2014 01:58 PM

Start with Watco Danish neutral and give a good coat. Wipe excess off and set aside for several days. Then use the Beall three step wax system. But be careful and put your dark glasses on!. The grain of figured walnut will POP out at you.

-- Rustfever, Central California

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#4 posted 09-27-2014 02:34 AM

I have done several projects in Walnut and I finish with 7 to 9 coats of Lacquer. I let it dry for two or three weeks. This lets the Lacqure completely dry. I use a instrument type Lacqure.
I then use a 2000 grit pad on my dual action sander. I use soap water to help keep the pad clean of dust. I am supposing you used a wood filler to eliminate any pores in the wood. I then use a 4000 grit before I put a 4000 grit polish on it. This keeps the wood from looking dark and puts a mirror finish on your project.
I’ve got some of the finishes on my project sight.

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#5 posted 09-27-2014 10:20 PM

I usually put some dark pigment (preferably Watco dark walnut) on walnut to minimize fading over time. Pigments are more light-fast than walnut. It does darken the wood a little but not a lot.

Sometimes I’ll just use Minwax Natural stain (which has no pigments) but only if I don’t care about fading over time.

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